Great Moments in the Internet: How Many Altuves?

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I sometimes get confused with units of measurement. Yards? Feet? Meters? Hectares? Bushels? Pecks?  It’s all so mystifying!

So imagine, if you will, that there is a unit of measurement that we can all agree on. Because it’s awesome.  Ladies and gentlemen: the Altuve.

It’s pretty self explanatory. But, just by way of example, that home run that Giancarlo hit off Jamie Moyer last week? It traveled 80.86153846153847 Altuves.

I predict that our children will be learning this in school as a matter of routine by the end of the decade.

UPDATE:  I did not know the provenance of the Altuve — just  saw a link to it on Twitter — but commenter drkincaid enlightens us:

Mike Ferrin and Morgan Ensberg of XM MLB radio talked about the Altuve as a unit of measurement a lot last year and this year.  Doesn’t look like they built the calculator, but they deserve props for popularizing (and maybe inventing) the unit of measurement.  They’re also pretty good to listen to.

Yes, they are. Good work fellas.

Carlos Gomez gets ejected, rips umpire in Twitter rant

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Carlos Gomez entered the Rays-Blue Jays game as a pinch hitter last night, struck out looking and was ejected because he argued the call. But though his time in the game was quickly over, his evening was just beginning.

Gomez didn’t even wait for the game to end before taking to Twitter to rip home plate umpire Andy Fletcher First thing he did was post video of himself being called out on strikes, saying “the only job they have is to call balls and strikes. Do you guys think that pitch is a strike?

He went on:

And more, saying that if he kept showing these he’d find ten more pitches like this called strikes that, he believes, were balls:

He also believes that strikes thrown by Rays pitchers were balls:

There were other tweets that he subsequently deleted, but when he got back to his hotel room, he posted a six-minute-long video apologizing for some of those posts, saying “I made a mistake” — it’s not clear what it was he had deleted or what he was mistaken about — but then he went on to say that Fletcher was “brutal” and that he was not doing his job, claiming that if you watched more video of the game you’d see that Fletcher missed more than 30 pitches.

You get ejected for arguing balls and strikes in this league. You get fined for saying bad things about umpires after a game. My guess is that saying LOTS of bad things about umpires after a game, along with video evidence publicly criticizing them, you’re gonna get a BIG, BIG fine and, possibly, a suspension.

Hope that all made you feel better, though, Carlos!